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CEO loses his job after posting that he will kill Donald Trump

By midian182
Nov 15, 2016
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  1. No matter how you feel about Donald Trump, publicly threatening the life of a President (or a President-Elect) is never a good idea – especially if you’re the CEO of a large tech company. Matt Harrigan can attest to this; the now former head of cybersecurity firm PacketSled handed in his resignation after writing that he would “kill the president. Elect.”

    Harrigan was one of many people unhappy about Trump’s recent victory, and expressed his feelings in a series of messages on election night that were part of a private thread on his Facebook page. Unluckily for him, someone captured his rants by screenshotting the posts.

    In addition to the direct ““I’m going to kill the president” message, Harrigan also asked the secret service to “bring it,” before writing: “Getting a sniper rifle and perching myself where it counts. Find a bedroom in the whitehouse that suits you motherf***er. I’ll find you.”

    Harrigan proceeded to tell the US exactly what he thought of it – “In no uncertain terms, f*** you America. Seriously. F*** off." He then appeared to turn into Ron Burgundy: "Really San Deigo? Trump? Go F*** yourself San Diego."

    After the screenshots popped up on Reddit and various websites, Harrigan issued the following apology.

    My recent Facebook comment was intended to be a joke, in the context of a larger conversation, and only privately shared as such. Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not engage in this form of rhetoric with any level of seriousness and the comment most certainly does not represent my real personal views in any regard. I apologize if anything that I said was either taken seriously, was offensive, or caused any legitimate concern.

    Best Regards, Matt Harrigan

    But it seems PacketSled and its board of directors failed to see the funny side. “Once we were made aware of these comments, we immediately reported this information to the secret service and will cooperate fully with any inquiries,” the company wrote in a statement. One day later, the board accepted Harrigan’s resignation.

    This isn’t the first incident of public figure getting into trouble for threatening to kill Trump. A UK journalist, Monisha Rajesh, faced a barrage of criticism and was forced to delete her Twitter account last week after tweeting: “it’s about time for a presidential assassination.”

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  2. Skyyy

    Skyyy TS Rookie

    It's time we as a nation came together to build a time machine to assassinate Hitler - the one thing we all agree on. Well, almost all of us.
     
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +530

    Right... A joke...
     
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  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +530

    No need to assassinate Adolf, just get him into art school.
     
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  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,514   +2,059

    He didn't get as far as art school but he did think his paintings would ace his entry into it. Sadly (not really) he found his homeless *** on a park bench for a long while, just where it should've stayed. Sadly (really) it didn't. Ugh!!!
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,514   +2,059

    How did a chump like this even land the position of CEO if these "impulsive" tweets are anything to go by. What a dork.
     
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  7. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,518   +506

    Ok so, we've heard enough about "public" figures who have taken it a bit too far to be all "I didn't mean it" or "I never thought it would go this way".

    It would've been more feasible his account was hacked or left open at an Apple store... you know... those guys also hate Trump apparently lol. Although him being the CEO of a cyber-security company, it probably would've done more harm.
     
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Immature behavior for a company CEO.
     
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  9. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,185   +530

    He tried twice to get in and was rejected both times. If I recall correctly, his depth perception in his art was lacking.
     
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  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    I'm thinking he had way too much to drink that night. The wording of the sentences just sounds like a drunk person.
     
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  11. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 860   +340

    Probably a SJW. They are all deranged people.
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,703   +1,886

    Well, at least Hitler made the railroads run on time! Hm, or was that Mussolini...? :confused: :oops:

    Only if he started running his yap, long after Hillary conceded
     
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  13. Duckeenie

    Duckeenie TS Booster Posts: 80   +61

    Enough about Donald Trump though.
     
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  14. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,156   +1,431

    Trump doesn't know himself, whether to attack or to surrender...

    Surrender!

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    No, I give up!

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    Surrender!

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    Oh, I give up!

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    Surrender!

    [​IMG]

    I give up!

    [​IMG]

    Oh, screw it!

    [​IMG]
     
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  15. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    It's the Triggering!! :p
     
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  16. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,562   +2,370

  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,703   +1,886



    @davislane Why didn' you embed that? Oh well, carry on!
     
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  18. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,558   +2,900

    Please tell me you stumbled across that video and did not specifically search for it. lol
     
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  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,703   +1,886

    Ya gotta admit, it was quite a find, no matter how it came here..LMAO!
     
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  20. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,518   +506

    I'm pretty sure you can stumble upon loads of videos... it has happened :rolleyes:
     
  21. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,562   +2,370

    Didn't compose the post in forum mode.

    There is no searching for salt after the victory of God-Emperor Trump. It literally falls from the sky, as if the Dead Sea were thrust into the heavens and now rains down upon us.
     
  22. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,045   +274

    Maybe he landed the job because impulsive tweets are in style these days...
     
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  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,703   +1,886

    I see what you did there...;)
     
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  24. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,201   +595

    Um, Trump has literally done the same thing and gotten away with it. His twitter account is not free of impulsive posts. Not to mention the video tape released of him he passed off as locker room talk.
     
  25. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,518   +506

    That's one of the differences when you become the president of the united states of murica.
     

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